Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The TSA will Destroy your Snow Globe, but They’re still Nice People

image Kudos to the TSA blog team for adding some much needed levity to the current journalism breakdown over pat downs.

In their latest post, the TSA team advises to keep your pies close:

Pies are permitted, but they are subject to additional screening if our officers see any anomalies. (Additional screening of pies does not include our officers tasting the pie, no matter what they tell you…)

And keep your snow globes at home:

We are not in cahoots with the Heat Miser, but snow globes are not permitted in your carry-on luggage. They are sealed containers full of liquid that would have to be opened and destroyed to test. We’re not in the business of busting snow globes, so we suggest you place them in your checked baggage or mail them ahead of time.

And there’s even a warning for Tofu Turkeys and Pilgrims:

Travel Advice for Tofu Turkeys: You are not real.

Travel Advice for Pilgrims: Leave your muskets at home and refrain from wearing clothing with large buckles.

A little digging and we meet the TSA team responsible for the post.  The main character is a TSA employee named Blogger Bob.  His bio is pretty standard but this nugget stands out:

Prior to the TSA I was a singer songwriter and traveled the world with my band. Songwriting is now one of my hobbies along with record collecting, ugly ties and photography. My favorite type of music is Garage Rock from the 1960s.

In his posse is Lynn and Nico, Tim and West.  Average government employees doing an excellent job fighting a world where shooting down average employees working for the government is the cool thing to do. The TSA has an impossible task.  All it takes is one slipup in a system that ferries 618 million passengers a year.  They need 99.9999998381877 percent accuracy in a world where someone could try and blow up a plane using a pumpkin pie. 

Thanks Blogger Bob.  Here’s to you.

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